So, Atomic Avenue was a bust, all things considered. Here’s my experience and what I can share…
So it’s a site with buyers and sellers, and thousand of comics…but none with pictures. The site offers a means to complete transactions, but there are no fees or taxes collected, so it provides a means to buy books without those strings and you can also provide feedback how it went, and obviously review what others say about the seller.
You can contact the sellers too, but there isn’t a way to share photos of the books to confirm what the seller claims the condition to be…at least not directly through the site. But it appears you can share your personal email and maybe that way you can get pictures…I didn’t know this until I had an issue.
The issue was the person shipped the books with very flimsy cardboard (see pics) and it appears the books may have been NM (maybe NM-) before the damage. The seller had a fair amount of history which applauded him on his grading and shipping, so I felt this seller was a good risk to take a chance on.
Unfortunately as you can see in the pics the seller did not do much of anything to protect the books from the rough hands of USPS…and the entire package was flexed down the middle and spine ticks galore…wiping out any chance of NM it had.
Short story long, the seller profusely apologized and offered to refund the amount and I can return the books. So that part is good. Hindsight I should have requested the seller reinforced the package to protect the books just to put the idea in their head “is this enough?” I tend not to push that issue on a seller if I see numerous feedback that a seller ships well…so didn’t feel it was necessary here either. Bleh…
I expect to return the books and get a full refund. If that doesn’t happen I’ll be sure to follow up.
So all in all I think there is some promise with this sight as an alternative to eBay…but proceed with caution and ask for whatever info you can get before making a purchase you have high expectations for.
In the end what a shame these books were damaged for really no better reason than lack of a few extra pieces of cardboard…or heavier cardboard…